President Biden routinely talks tough on Russia and China, but his actions tell a far different story.
On Wednesday, his administration gave a year-early release to a high-profile Russian cybercriminal who reportedly has detailed knowledge about the cybercrime world. The Wall Street Journal reports that Alexei Burkov, who was extradited from Israel in 2019, was placed on a flight to Moscow.
Russian officials detained him on the other end, but he’s all too likely to be fine, as long as he shares his secrets with the Kremlin. So much for Biden’s loud vows to crack down on Russian hacking.
This follows the dropping of efforts to extradite Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, who was indicted in 2018 for stealing tech secrets, tampering with a criminal investigation and doing business with Iran in violation of US sanctions.
She’d been held in Canada since her arrest as Beijing pushed hard for her release. Our neighbor held firm, even as China arrested at least two of its nationals on bogus charges, holding them as hostages.
Huawei, the world’s largest smartphone maker and a leader in 5G, has long been suspected of using its tech to spy on the West. But the Biden Justice Department cut a deal, dropping wire and bank-fraud charges as she pleaded to lesser wrongdoing.
Maybe this is more of the Bidenites’ reflexive hostility to everything done by the last administration, from getting tough on border enforcement to the Abraham Accords. Or perhaps they think this unilateral appeasement of Moscow and Beijing will win the goodwill of these tyrannical regimes. Maybe it’s the result of yet more Hunter Biden influence-peddling.
Vengeful, foolish or corrupt, it’s disgraceful.
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